Fresh and French. This is one of my all time favourite meals. I'm not sure whether it's the combination of flavours or it's simplicity that i love, but it's a ripper. I've eaten a hundred different versions, all over, from Madrid to Nice. Here's Gordon Ramsay's recipe for you to try.
1. 300g small potato
2. 100g fine green bean, trimmed
3. 3 eggs free range
4. 2 Baby Gem lettuce, outside leaves trimmed off
5. 5 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
6. 200g cherry tomato, halved
7. 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
8. small handful basil leaves
9. 325g piece fresh tuna loin
10. juice ½ lemon
For the olive dressing-
1. 50g black olive, preferably Niçoise, pitted
2. 5 marinated anchovy fillets
3. 1 garlic clove
4. juice ½ lemon
5. 4 tbsp olive oil
6. 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
First, make the dressing. Tip the olives, anchovies and garlic into a large mortar and mash with a pestle until you have a very rough paste. Scrape into a bowl, if you like, stir in the lemon juice, olive oil and vinegar, then set aside.
Cook the potatoes in boiling water for 15 mins until tender, then drain and set aside. Cook the beans in boiling salted water for 4-5 mins until tender with a slight crunch. Drain, tip into iced water, then drain again and set aside. Boil a small pan.
Halve the potatoes and heat 2 tbsp oil in a non-stick frying pan. Place the potatoes cut-side down in the pan and sizzle for about 4 mins until golden and crisp. Toss the potatoes in the pan to brown on all sides, then turn up the heat and add the tomatoes. Fry the tomatoes for about 1 min until just starting to blister, then season. Splash in 1 tbsp of the balsamic vinegar, then turn off the heat and scatter over the basil.
To cook the tuna, place a non-stick frying pan over a high heat, then turn the heat down to medium and add 1 tbsp oil. Season the tuna generously, then sear for 4 mins, leaving it undisturbed in the pan to brown. Turn over and continue to cook for 4 mins on the other side. This will give you very rare tuna. For rare, cook for 2 mins more on each side and for well done, add another 4 mins on each side. Set the tuna aside to rest for a few mins.
To serve, whisk the remaining oil and vinegar with the lemon juice in a small bowl and toss in the lettuce wedges. Place a spoonful of olive dressing into 2 serving bowls, arrange the potatoes and tomatoes over, then put a pile of beans on top. Slice the tuna in half at a slight angle and place each half on top of the beans. Wedge the lettuce around the outside, halve the eggs and position in between the lettuce. Dollop a small spoonful of olive dressing on each egg.
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